I can't say there was one definitive moment that got me into nutrition. From the day I was born, my mom fed me everything organic, and we always had healthy, delicious food at the dinner table. I was fortunate to be raised by a family the believed in going to the farmer’s market on the weekends and shopping at our local health food stores.
Once I hit college, I was on my own food wise, and it was a little hectic! I was suddenly presented with the opportunity to eat blueberry bagels, drink chocolate milk, call maple donuts breakfast on the weekends, and eat trail mix for dinner. If you have ever been a freshman in college, this might sound familiar ;)
As soon as I started school at Western Washington University, I was recruited to be a part of the women’s rowing team. I didn’t know the first thing about crew, but after the first practice on a Saturday at 5 am, I was hooked. There was something indescribable about being out on the water beneath the stars while the rest of the world was sleeping.
I knew I wanted to excel at this sport, so I started to teach myself everything I could about nutrition for optimal performance. This was a fun and exciting time, when I was learning about everything from raw foods to macrobiotics to high carbohydrate diets to nutritional anthropology and beyond. I guess I could say I’ve been a total nutrition geek since I hit college.
As I continued my search for the best diet out there, I stumbled upon something that finally made sense. This was Loren Cordain’s The Paleo Diet for Athletes. This book described how we have evolved over millions of years to be healthy, fit hunter gatherers that ate a diet rich in healthy animal proteins, boatloads of fresh produce and high quality fats. This was something I could really sink my teeth into.
By the time I graduated in 2010, I had helped my team win their fifth and sixth consecutive NCAA national championships for women's rowing, and was voted All-American my senior year. I left with an interdisciplinary degree in Evolutionary Sports Nutrition, and felt satisfied that I finally found a way to eat for optimal performance.
Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of being a CrossFit athlete for four years and have followed a Paleo oriented diet for even longer. Not only have I seen my athleticism improve since college, but so has my relationship with food. By eating a diet centered around high quality, nutrient rich foods, I have found that I no longer walk around with the insatiable question I always had in college, “What should I eat?!"
All of the Heather’s Choice meals are designed with the Paleo principles in mind. Not only are the meals balanced to give you a good blend of protein, carbohydrates and fat, they are also made with healthy, high quality animal proteins from sustainable sources, such as wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon and humanely harvested venison and quail. This means that our meals are not only good for you, the eater, but also for the planet.
On November 16th, Heather's Choice will be launching its very first Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for our new and improved packaging, as well a great big commercial dehydrator! To get involved in the making of our dream, between now and November 16th, here's what you can do:
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From the bottom of my heart, I thank you so much for your unwavering support of Heather's Choice and allowing me to share with you all of my favorite geeky tid bits about nutrition.
Thanks again and see you on trail!
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